16:00 Ayr

Good To Soft

Tennent’s Lager Handicap (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4187.2
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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Tennent’s Lager Handicap (Div I)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 535261

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Short-headed over 7f here (good) in June and back to form to win at Doncaster (7f, soft) last month; this is his first run at 1m but he kept on nicely over Beverley's stiff 7.4f in June and this 3yo may have more to offer.

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2nd

4

(8)

30th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 5

17:00 Southwell (AW)

Yorkstone

9st 7lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

Consistent on the Flat; well positioned off a steady pace when dead-heating with Soames Forsyte over C&D in December; up just 3lb and he's of obvious interest.

4/1

1st

2

(9)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 6

16:20 Southwell (AW)

Yorkstone

9st 7lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

Two turf wins on slower than good this summer and creditable third on heavy when last in action on the Flat ten weeks ago; jumped poorly on hurdle debut last month; should be seen to better effect back on the Flat; AW debut but it's unlikely to be an issue on pedigree.

8/1

0

6

29th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:15 Wetherby

Yorkstone

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Michael & David Easterby

Won handicaps on the Flat over 7f and 1m (good to soft/soft) at the end of the summer; stamina could be an issue over hurdles but Sean Bowen has been booked for this first attempt and needs a betting check.

8/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 021544 CD BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Won at Ripon (1m, good) in July and returned to form with unlucky fourth there (1m, good) last time; has a fine record at Ripon but has also won over this C&D (and on good to soft ground) and he's respected.

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6th

1

(1)

4th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 4

15:20 Lingfield (AW)

Cosmos Raj

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Three successes on Tapeta since December and bids for a hat-trick after winning twice at Wolverhampton (8.6f); up another 3lb, but a bigger problem may be that he seemed to find this an inadequate test when fifth of nine over C&D in February.

4/1

1st

5

(8)

2nd Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 5

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Cosmos Raj

9st 8lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Proved suited by the switch back to Tapeta (from Polytrack) in similar event over C&D two weeks ago, beating Soames Forsyte and taking overall record to 8-49; likely player back up just 2lb.

15/2

1st

2

(3)

16th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 5

19:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Cosmos Raj

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Sole win in 16 AW starts came off 1lb lower at Newcastle (1m, Tapeta) in December; has made the frame in all three previous outings over C&D, but this looks a competive races of its type; cheekpieces the headgear of choice today.

7/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 06-314 CD BF

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 55

Form & Verdict

Well served by slow ground and he won over this C&D (good to soft) in July; however, not at the same level at Nottingham (1m, good) last month and it was the same story here (7f, good to soft) yesterday.

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6th

6

(8)

6th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

18:45 Newcastle (AW)

Time To Rumble

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

took keen hold, pressed leader, led narrowly over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened

4/1

3rd

12

(9)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:00 Ayr

Time To Rumble

8st 13lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Well served by slow ground and he won over this C&D (good to soft) in July; however, not at the same level at Nottingham (1m, good) last month and it was the same story here (7f, good to soft) yesterday.

8/1

6th

10

(5)

21st Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

16:45 Ayr

Time To Rumble

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Built on a solid reappearance third (7f, soft) when scoring over 1m here (good to soft) in July; hung left under pressure (not for the first time) when only fourth over the extended 1m at Nottingham six weeks ago but he did travel well for a long way and the return to 7f won't inconvenience him; the likely ground conditions will suit him, too, and his yard is in form, so there are reasons to be positive.

13/2

Form: -35083

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 59

Form & Verdict

Off a reduced mark she was a fair third at Thirsk (1m, soft) on Monday; might not be far away but she was no match for the first two last time and is now 0-13; hard to be overly confident that today will be the day.

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6th

4

(3)

30th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Gracelands Girl

9st 7lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

led, headed over 1f out

8/1

6th

4

(3)

30th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Gracelands Girl

9st 7lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

led, headed over 1f out

8/1

6th

5

23rd Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 6

13:35 Wolverhampton (AW)

Gracelands Girl

9st 9lb

T: Tim Easterby

A maiden after 14 runs but made the frame in consecutive 1m turf races last month and is also suited by 7f on Tapeta; continues to edge down the weights and drops in grade here; probably won't be far away.

10/1

11/1

Form: 142547

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Won two in a row at Hamilton (1m1f, good/good to firm) in May and he seems versatile ground-wise; he's back down to his last winning mark but needs to perform better than has been the case the last twice.

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1st

8

(6)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 5

16:23 Hamilton

Arkenstaar

9st 0lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Won three times over 1m/1m1f here last season on ground ranging from good to firm to soft; ran as though needing the race when third on Pontefract reappearance (1m, soft); likely to have come on for that run; major contender.

9/4

3rd

7

(9)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

15:22 Pontefract

Arkenstaar

9st 0lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Won three times at Hamilton (1m1f/1m, various ground) last year, including in October when last seen; can also be effective elsewhere (this is his first run here) and ran well first time up last term; possible player.

11/2

Form: 751514 CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

Four-time C&D winner, the latest last month (good to soft), who was also on the scoresheet at Carlisle (1m, good) two starts ago; denied a clear run when fourth of seven at Hamilton last time and he's a possible.

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3rd

5

(2)

2nd May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

16:02 Ayr

Retirement Beckons

8st 9lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Linda Perratt

Gained four of his ten wins over C&D; caused 50-1 shock at Newcastle (1m, AW) in March and made the frame there off today's mark a few days later but is very unreliable nowadays and needs to bounce back quickly from a heavy defeat on Friday.

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 497378

Last run: 5 days

W: 9st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Close third at Beverley (1m, soft) last month and a case can be made on that form, but he's been below par the next twice and is now 0-14; needs to get back to his best in first-time cheekpieces.

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9th

4

(9)

9th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 5

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Soames Forsyte

9st 10lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Michael Herrington

Both wins were gained during the winter, including when dead-heating over C&D in December; just under a length behind Beau Gars when fourth of eight back here 12 days ago and may find one or two too good again.

17/2

10/1

Form: 674340 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Down the field at Ripon 24 days ago but was found to be coughing post-race; running well in defeat on slow ground previously (including here) and has continued to drop down the weights; capable of having a big say.

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1st

3

(5)

2nd May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

15:27 Ayr

Pol Roger

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

led early, soon pressed leader, led again over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, went clear final 110yds, comfortably

4/1

7th

10

(10)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Pol Roger

9st 2lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Won twice as a 2yo; winless last year in nine appearances but he's come a long way down the weights and conditions are fine.

8/1

20/1

Form: 583846

Last run: 41 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 57

Form & Verdict

Inconsistent and was 7l sixth of seven on last month's stable debut here (1m2f, good); however, that doesn't tell the full story as this headstrong filly was clear at one point, and she could benefit from the drop back to 1m and the reapplication of a hood (worn on its own for the first time).

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1st

5

(3)

2nd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

14:52 Ayr

Zebra Star

8st 11lb

J: Harry Burns

T: R Mike Smith

made virtually all, faced challenge but going okay under 2f out, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong

6/1

4th

4

(2)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

15:20 Ayr

Zebra Star

9st 4lb

J: Sam James

T: R Mike Smith

took keen hold, midfield, switched to centre 3f out, switched right and headway over 1f out, went fourth inside final furlong, kept on

12/1

16/1

Form: -82768

Last run: 111 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 3yo who has run well on good to soft ground and is 3lb lower than when second of six here (7f, good) in May; however, he's failed to shine on his three starts since and is now 0-8; returns from break.

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1st

1

(6)

3rd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 15y

Class 6

14:15 Musselburgh

Kelpie Grey

10st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

dwelt start, took keen hold, led soon after start, clear with one other after 2f, pushed along 2f out, ridden and clear 1f out, comfortably

5/4

11th
2 (10)
Bicep

7/1

Form: 108002

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Won on reappearance at Musselburgh (7f, good) in May and, after struggling on his next four starts, went close at Carlisle (7f, good to soft) last Wednesday; untested at this trip and needs to back up that latest performance, but there's every chance 1m will be within range and he's a possible player.

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12th

5

(8)

16th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Bicep

9st 6lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Grant Tuer

C&D winner last October and ran his best race since when beaten half a length on his Southwell return (6f, Tapeta) last month (sixth horse has won since); return to this trip should suit and high on the list.

6/1

2nd

4

(3)

28th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 4

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Bicep

9st 7lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Grant Tuer

in rear

8/1

10th

6

(2)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

11:45 Newcastle (AW)

Bicep

9st 7lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Grant Tuer

Back to winning ways over C&D last month; travelled notably strongly before stamina seemingly stretched late on over 1m here last week and can show he's still on a good mark now back at 7f.

7/2

Form: 4-685

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Doesn't look well treated based on his last two runs but this very lightly raced 3yo showed promise previously and there's potential in his pedigree; interesting to see how he goes in the betting on handicap debut.

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12th

5

(7)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:00 Ayr

Big Bad Wolf

9st 9lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Nigel Tinkler

taken down early, pulled hard

20/1

5th

1

(2)

2nd Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 96y

Class 4

16:25 Beverley

Big Bad Wolf

9st 7lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Nigel Tinkler

in touch with leaders, weakened over 1f out

10/1

12/1

Form: 5-5774

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

6f 2yo novice winner who ran okay when upped to 7f and fourth of ten on recent stable debut at Newcastle (AW); however, he didn't appear to be crying out for this step up in trip.

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3rd

2

(4)

2nd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

14:52 Ayr

Pembrokeshire

9st 6lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

took keen hold, prominent, pressed leaders when switched left over 2f out, went second 1f out, lost second but kept on inside final 110yds, no match for first two

6/1

10th

2

(1)

22nd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

19:15 Newcastle (AW)

Pembrokeshire

9st 9lb

J: Archie Young

T: Iain Jardine

Dual turf winner who hasn't built on the form of last win in October; well beaten over C&D last time and, although hood is back on, he's probably best watched this time.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £245.00
Straight Forecast £242.80
Tricast £1219.00
Trifecta £1378.00

Selections

The Times:

Yorkstone

The Guardian:

Bicep

RP RATINGS:

Cosmos Raj

Telegraph:

Big Bad Wolf

SPOTLIGHT:

Pol Roger

D Express:

Time To Rumble

The Star:

Yorkstone

Daily Record:

Yorkstone

Daily Mail:

Bicep

Daily Mirror:

Bicep

POSTDATA:

Cosmos Raj

The Sun:

Cosmos Raj